The full interview is here.
On retiring from filmmaking:
Just to be clear, I won’t be directing “cinema,” for lack of a better word. But I still plan to direct -- theater stuff, and I’d do a TV series if something great were to come along... These things -- I can feel them coming on. I can feel it when I need to slough off one skin and grow another. So that’s when I started thinking, "All right, when I turn 50, I’d like to be done." I knew that in order to stop, I couldn’t keep it a secret -- so many things are coming at you when you’re making films that you need to have a reason to be saying no all the time.
On the importance as a director to be a decent person:
On the few occasions where I’ve talked to film students, one of the things I stress, in addition to learning your craft, is how you behave as a person. For the most part, our lives are about telling stories. So I ask them, “What are the stories you want people to tell about you?” Because at a certain point, your ability to get a job could turn on the stories people tell about you. The reason [then–Universal Pictures chief] Casey Silver put me up for [1998’s] "Out of Sight" after I’d had five flops in a row was because he liked me personally. He also knew I was a responsible filmmaker, and if I got that job, the next time he’d see me was when we screened the movie. If I’m an asshole, then I don’t get that job. Character counts.
On the one direction he gave Matthew McConaughey in "Magic Mike":
Matthew understood the part so well and had such good ideas that I had no desire to box him in. So I just said yes to everything, which turned out to be the right way to go. I think the only note I gave him, when I first pitched him the part on the phone, was that his character believed in UFOs. It wasn’t a way of diminishing the character. It was actually the opposite. My mom was a parapsychologist, so I grew up around that stuff.
His two films he's satisfied with:
"Out of Sight." It’s less flawed than the others. Or "The Informant!" As I look at those two, I feel like I don’t know what else I would do.